I am trying to determine how appropriate TeX is to use for the purpose of a fixed-size publication that may be published on a periodic basis.
For example, a weekly flyer of size 8.5"x11". Each week there are some reoccurring features on the page (dates to remember, contact information, etc), but there are also some information that changes every week. Additionally the amount of information may vary (you may need to be creative to figure out how to cram it in).
Currently, a publishing program is used (like Microsoft Publisher) or just MS Word. These programs can make it easy to see what you are going to end up with (so you can adjust/balance white space, etc), but it requires a bit of fussing.
Would one be any better off with a TeX option? What would be harder and what would be easier? Pointers to discussion on the subject would be welcomed.
One thing in particular that I am trying to understand is how you deal with text filling up a fixed size area in TeX? For example, say you have a box on your page that lists upcoming events. How do you deal with the formatting when say, you have so many upcoming events that the box needs to be resized and/or the text needs to be smaller? Is this rule based or do you need to manually adjust/parameterize your template each time you update the contents?